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n. Greek Mythology
Any of a group of mountain nymphs.

[Latin Orēas, Orēad-, from Greek Oreias, from oreios, of a mountain, from oros, mountain.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a mountain nymph
[C16: via Latin from Greek Oreias, from oros mountain]
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(ˈɔr iˌæd, ˈoʊr-)

(in Greek myth) any of a group of nymphs presiding over mountains and hills.
[< Latin Orēad- (s. of Orēas) < Greek Oreiad- (s. of Oreiás), n. use of oreiás of the mountains =órei(os) of the mountains (derivative of óros mountain) + -as feminine patronymic suffix]
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Noun1.Oread - (Greek mythology) one of the mountain nymphs
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
nymph - (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden; "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"
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References in classic literature ?
Did some Heliconian Oread give him thee, a new-born joy?
Thus saying, from her Husbands hand her hand Soft she withdrew, and like a Wood-Nymph light OREAD or DRYAD, or of DELIA's Traine, Betook her to the Groves, but DELIA's self In gate surpass'd and Goddess-like deport, Though not as shee with Bow and Quiver armd, But with such Gardning Tools as Are yet rude, Guiltless of fire had formd, or Angels brought, To PALES, or POMONA, thus adornd, Likest she seemd, POMONA when she fled VERTUMNUS, or to CERES in her Prime, Yet Virgin of PROSERPINA from JOVE.
Our predecessors' belief in fairies may have originated in pre-Christian times when rivers, trees, hills and pools were regarded as the homes of nature spirits like dryads, nereids and oreads.